Dr. William GroffDr Groff 8533 is the leading expert and board certified cosmetic dermatologist treating pearly penile papules, PPP, in San Diego and on the west coast. Pearly penile papules (PPP), technically called hirsuties papillaris genitalis, are not sexually transmitted. Their cause is unknown, although they are more common in men in their twenties and thirties, and are also more common in uncircumcised males.

PPP affects many men and can be an embarrassing condition. Thankfully, it is easily treatable and we have patients fly in from around the world to see renowned PPP expert Dr. Groff.

What Are Pearly Penile Papules?

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Pearly Penile Papules (PPP), are small, dome-shaped bumps that can appear on the sulcus or around the corona of the penis. These bumps, or papules, may be skin-colored or slightly lighter than the skin. It is believed that nearly 1 out of 5 men will be affected with PPP in their lifetime. Though some men choose to leave this condition untreated, many men find their appearance to be embarrassing, causing social and emotional affects. Luckily, treatment for PPP is simple and effective. Learn more about PPP on Wikipedia.

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Dr. Groff Treats a PPP Patient

Dr. Groff Treats a PPP Patient

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Some men choose to leave this condition untreated, as the papules are generally asymptomatic. However, many men find this condition to be embarrassing in intimate situations and suffer detrimental social and emotional effects from leaving them untreated. Treatment for pearly penile papules is typically quite simple and effective through carbon dioxide laser treatment by a qualified dermatologist.

The most effective, painless, and safest treatment for the successful removal of Pearly Penile Papules is performed at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, CA with the latest generation CO2 laser. This CO2 laser provides optimal results because of its unique ability to specifically target particular areas without damaging nearby tissue in any way. Before the treatment begins, a numbing cream will be applied to the affected area. Once the cream has fully activated, Dr. William Groff will administer the laser treatment by focusing and firing the beam on each individual papule, vaporizing it instantaneously. The entire treatment takes only 20-30 minutes, requires no injections, and is completely painless.

 Pearly Penile Papule Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is a candidate for CO2 Treatment of Pearly Penile Papules?

A: Anyone who is experiencing Pearly Penile Papules is a candidate for PPP removal with a CO2 laser and is encouraged to contact our practice today to schedule an initial consultation.

Q: Who Should Administer PPP Treatments?

A:  PPP treatments should always be performed by a board-certified dermatologist with an extensive knowledge in laser treatments. Dr. William Groff is a leading expert in this specialized treatment having performed over 700 PPP treatments throughout his career.

Q: Are there any topical treatments available for PPP?

A: Unfortunately, though creams claiming to treat papules do exist, they are not effective and can cause undesirable side effects. The safest and most beneficial treatment is PPP removal with a CO2 laser.

Q: Is laser PPP removal permanent?

A:  Yes, treatment with a CO2 laser for PPP will bring permanent results to every patient.

Q: What are the Benefits of PPP Treatment?

A: PPP treatments can significantly diminish or completely remove the unsightly bumps. One of the most desirable aspects of laser PPP removal is the fact that there is virtually zero recovery time after the treatment has been performed. Patients can almost always return to work immediately, though swelling, redness, and scabbing are common during the first few days. After 1-2 weeks, a full recovery can be expected

Q: What is the Recuperation and Healing Process?

A: There will be some redness, swelling, crusting and scabbing, and mild stinging or discomfort for the first few to several days. Almost all patients are able to go back to work immediately. It typically takes 1-2 weeks to completely heal.

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Groff Perform A PPP Treatment!

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Have a Question about PPP? Contact Us Today!

Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at (858) 943-2113 for more information on pearly penile papules removal and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Groff. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Downtown San Diego.

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